Comedy Gig Guide

They say that laughter is the best medicine, so dose yourself up with a night spent in the presence of some of the finest comedians, coming to a town near you.

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Jimmy Carr

As 2020 draws every closer, it’s time to start filling up your diaries with ways to kick off a new decade. The man with THE laugh, Jimmy Carr, has put together a new live show containing jokes about all kinds of terrible things, things that have probably affected you and everyone you know and he’s going to make a mockery of it all. From presenting 8 Out Of 10 Cats, to judging the UK edition of Roast Battle and now back to where it all began, on the stage, Jimmy Carr has had one of the most successful careers of any British comedian, but that still doesn’t mean he’ll be politically correct.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Friday 24 April Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Brixton: Friday 10 April Buy Tickets

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Milton Jones

King of the one-liner and advocate for snazzy shirts, Milton Jones, is back with his brand-new tour, Milton Jones in Milton: Impossible. Adored for his sharp humour, mischievous behaviour and big messy hair, he’s become a favourite on Mock The Week over the years and now he’s taking his unique style of comedy on the road for multiple nights of complete nonsense. Loosely based around a Tom Cruise film he saw once, the show will do its best to unite a nation through the gift of the giggles, so if you enjoy a silly joke from time-to-time, don’t miss Milton on stage.

O2 Guildhall Southampton: Friday 28 February 2020 Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Saturday 14 March 2020 Buy Tickets

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Ed Gamble

Though a more recent addition to our TV screens, Ed Gamble has been working the live comedy circuit for over 10 years. Now a firm favourite on Mock The Week and Taskmaster, as well as making multiple laugh out loud in public with his podcast, Off Menu (which he hosts alongside fellow comedian, James Acaster), Ed has won over the nation with his brutally honest humour and modern take on the world. In Blizzard, his new stand-up show, you can find him talking about that time he was stranded in New York, struggling with diabetes and his Dad pretending to be a cat. If that doesn’t entice you in, we don’t know what will.

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Friday 20 December Buy Tickets

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Roy 'Chubby' Brown

Roy Chubby Brown is a legend amongst comics. An inspiration for writers, actors and performers worldwide, his unconventional style of comedy isn’t always everybody’s cup of tea and will either deeply offend you or have you chortling for hours, there’s no in between. Beginning life as a double act, which spawned his famous pilot headgear, Roy then went onto enjoy a revered TV career and continues to tour across the country delivering his outrageous jokes to thousands of fans on a nightly basis. If you fancy a good night out and aren’t easily offended, then Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown is an act you have to see.

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Saturday 28 December Buy Tickets

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Rob Beckett

There’s more to Rob Beckett than his teeth you know. The comedian has scored himself an impressive list of TV appearances across the years, including comedy favourites, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Mock The Week, but now he’s returning to stages with a brand new stand-up show to fill you all in on what’s been going on in the life of the mouth of the south.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Friday 13 December Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 14 December Buy Tickets

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Paul Smith

Resident compere at Liverpool’s Hot Water Comedy Club, Paul Smith has seen his career sky rocket in the past year, taking his stand-up from clubs to arenas within 12 months. Brash, honest and explicit, his comedy isn’t for the fainthearted but it will leave you in absolute pieces. Embarking on his second ever national tour, he’ll prove why he’s become a crowd favourite and put his explosive humour to the test. If you’re looking for the future of comedy, then Paul’s live show is the place to start.

O2 Academy Birmingham: Thursday 9 January Buy Tickets

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Ben Elton

Ben Elton is – and we’re not exaggerating here – a comedic genius. The stand-up legend, playwriter and author is most notably known for his work on iconic TV programmes, The Young Ones and Blackadder, but now, after 15 years away from the stage, he’s back and trying to make sense of a world that seems to have gone stark raving mad. A brand-new live show and more comedic experience than we have in our little finger, Ben Elton is an act you absolutely cannot miss this time around.

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Saturday 21 December Buy Tickets

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Ed Byrne

Join comedian, Ed Byrne, as he brings his new show, If I’m Honest, to the stage, in which he takes a long, hard look at himself and tries to work out if he has any valuable traits to pass onto his children. A favourite on television shows such as Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week, Ed is a master in observational comedy and has made thousands laugh over the past 24 years, so don’t miss the latest instalment of his stand-up greatness.

O2 Guildhall Southampton: Wednesday 25 March Buy Tickets

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Daniel Sloss

Following on from his sell-out shows earlier this year, Scottish comic, Daniel Sloss, is bringing X to more cities to help you laugh away your problems. One of the world’s biggest names in stand-up, Sloss started performing whilst still a teenager and now, 12 years on, he’s achieved two Netflix specials, a soaring career in the States and has given a TEDx talk. In X, his 10th solo show, he covers the conflicting ideas of societal norms and how the #MeToo movement acted as a wakeup call for men’s behaviour. It’s not all serious, though, as he cleverly discusses such important topics with a dark, intelligent humour that’ll leave your jaw aching from all the laughter.

Liverpool Guild Of Students: Thursday 12 December Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 13 December Buy Tickets

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Ross Noble

Ross Noble has been working the live comedy circuit for two decades and somehow, he still has things to talk about. After the success of last year’s El Hablador tour, the Geordie favourite is hitting the road again with his new show, Humournoid and he’s stopping off in his hometown for a three-night spectacular. A regular on TV shows such as QI and Have I Got News For You, Ross’ unique brand of comedy has left people in hysterics, if often a little confused, and that is why his live performances are still so in-demand after 20 years in the game.

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Thursday 21 May Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Friday 22 May Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Saturday 23 May Buy Tickets

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Bianca Del Rio

Scrap all of your New Year’s Eve/Day plans, because nothing is better than this. RuPaul’s Drag Race champion, Bianca Del Rio, is returning to the UK to kick off 2020 in the most fabulous and flawless way. The self-proclaimed “Clown in a Gown” will play host on each night, leaving you in stitches as she tells tales of her outrageous life, whilst also introducing her troupe of queens, including Lady Bunny, Miss Orry, Mariah Balenciaga, Victoria Secret, Donna Trump and Cookie Kunty.

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Tuesday 31 December Buy Tickets

O2 Ritz Manchester: Wednesday 1 January 2020 Buy Tickets

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Laffs4Kids 2019

Laffs4Kids returns for its fifth year, bringing some of the nation’s finest comedians together to make sure that no child goes without a present this Christmas. Originally started by award-winning comedian, Jason Cook, the event has seen Chris Ramsey, Sarah Millican, Tim Healy and many more grace the stage over the years and the 2019 line-up is sure to be another belter.

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Sunday 15 December* Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Sunday 15 December Buy Tickets

*This is a matinee show

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Theo Von

American comedian, Theo Von, best known for his hit podcast, This Past Weekend, is finally stepping across the pond and bringing his Dark Arts tour to the UK. Having received high praise for his Netflix special, No Offense, as well as his multiple Comedy Central appearances, Theo has successfully dominated the entertainment world in the US, so now it’s our turn.

O2 Academy Glasgow: Wednesday 8 January Buy Tickets

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Friday 10 January Buy Tickets

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Saturday 11 January* Buy Tickets

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Saturday 11 January Buy Tickets

*This is a matinee show

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Brendan Schaub

Once a mixed martial arts fighter, Brendan Schaub has swapped the fisticuffs for belly laughs and is now flexing his skills as a stand-up comic. Having sold out his 2018 world tour, it’s safe to say he’s doing pretty well and his frequent podcasts often sit comfortably at the top of the charts, (he hosts King & The Sting alongside the previously mentioned, Theo Von). Having dominated LA’s most prominent comedy clubs, he’s now hopping across the Atlantic for a full UK tour where his show, 50 Shades Of Brown, is sure to leave you howling into the night.

O2 Academy Glasgow: Saturday 18 April Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Tuesday 21 April Buy Tickets

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Friday 24 April* Buy Tickets

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Friday 24 April Buy Tickets

*This is a matinee show

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KATYA & The Comedy Queens

Want six queens for the price of one? We’ve got you. Klub Kids have pulled together an almighty line-up, led by RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar, KATYA and featuring performances from Lady Bunny, Sherry Vine, Manila Luzon, Nina West and one more to be announced. This exciting, high-energy comedy show will have you in tears, with each queen slaying her way through brutally honest and utterly hilarious jokes that are as mean as they are jaw-achingly funny.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Sunday 9 February Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Monday 10 February Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Tuesday 11 February Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Glasgow: Thursday 13 February Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Monday 17 February Buy Tickets